Every Native American needs to be counted in the 2020 Census!

The Census makes a huge impact on people's lives. In the 2010 Census, Native Americans were under counted by about 4.9 percent — that's more than double the undercount rate of the next closest group.

This inaccuracy meant that Indian Country missed out on millions of annual tax dollars that would otherwise have been used to improve public resources and programs including schools, Medicaid, SNAP food assistance, and transportation infrastructure.

Native American participation in the census is crucial to everyone's day-to-day wellbeing.

That's why Running Strong for American Indian Youth is launching its "Beat the Drum. Be Counted!" initiative. This major new effort with the U.S. Census Bureau is striving to make sure every Native American, both living on reservations and off, takes part in the 2020 Census.

"Beat The Drum. Be Counted!" works in Native communities that Running Strong is already engaged with to connect Native families to Census resources. These include providing computers to community partners so they can hold local counting events, a multimedia campaign to dispel myths about the census and privacy rights, and ultimately encouraging everyone in Indian Country to participate in the census when they receive their forms.

With millions and millions of dollars for important programs hanging in the balance for the next 10 years, we must do everything we can to ensure everyone is counted.

Show your support for Running Strong's "Beat The Drum. Be Counted!" initiative and sign to ensure every Native American is counted in the 2020 Census.
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